Denise Goldberg's blog

Saturday, July 23, 2016

tiny butterfly

As I walked in Odiorne Point State Park yesterday I spotted a tiny butterfly perched on a yellow flower.

butterfly on yellow flower

Friday, July 22, 2016

a day on Cape Cod

My mom and sister spent the better part of this week in Provincetown. I joined them for a day, walking in town, then in the very special Cape Cod National Seashore.

I liked the quote on the National Park Services entry page for this beautiful National Seashore:

"A man may stand there and put all America behind him."
Henry David Thoreau

The great Outer Beach described by Thoreau in the 1800s is protected within the national seashore. Forty miles of pristine sandy beach, marshes, ponds, and uplands support diverse species. Lighthouses, cultural landscapes, and wild cranberry bogs offer a glimpse of Cape Cod's past and continuing ways of life.

We spent most of our beach walking time at Head of the Meadow Beaches in North Truro. There was a visible sand bar protecting the gray seals that were bobbing in the water. As we watched the seals climbed onto the sand bar. I wonder if the seals realized that a shark warning sign was flying on the beach.

There were areas of beach closed for the piping plover and least tern nesting season. In some places the closures were close to the grass-covered sand dunes; in others they extended to the high tide line.

gray seals

More photos from this quick visit can be seen in the gallery glimpses :: Cape Cod National Seashore.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

a greeter

This resident of Commercial Street in Provincetown brought a smile to my face every time I walked past "him". A half-door kept strangers out of the house while the puppet guarded the entrance.

puppet in a door

puppet in a door

Monday, July 18, 2016


I'm fascinated by this plant formed of tiny flowers formed in balls, leaves hanging, stacked in a line. I need to find its name!

flowers, stacked

Sunday, July 17, 2016

a happy bee

An early evening walk in the gardens of Stevens-Coolidge Place provided a feast of color for my eyes.

Bees were attracted to the nectar of this very purple globe thistle.

bee on globe thistle

Saturday, July 16, 2016


This weekend marks the third open house of the season at Bedrock Gardens in Lee, NH. I visited in May; today felt like a good time to return.

There were some large groups but for the most part people were wandering the property in ones and twos. It was a good morning to wander in the gardens, enjoying both flowers and sculptures.

sculpture by Meghan Samson
sculpture created by guest artist Meghan Samson

flowers leaning in the wind

More photos from today can be viewed in the gallery Bedrock Gardens :: 2016 starting with this photo and ending here.

Friday, July 15, 2016

light on leaves

It was a good (but warm) afternoon for a walk in the woods. The play of light on leaves caught my eyes.

light plays on leaves

Thursday, July 14, 2016


The new wildflower garden at the Stevens-Coolidge Place is popping with color. The poppies are wonderful!

poppy in wildflower garden at Stevens-Coolidge Place

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

flower facing down

I was walking across a field when a splash of yellow caught my eye. Isn't the shape of these lilies wonderful?

Canada lily

I think they wear the name Lilium canadense (Canada lily).

Sunday, July 10, 2016


As flowers open to the light the shape of their petals sometimes changes.

an opening flower